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  1. #1 Do you believe in acupunture and qigong? 
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    From what I learn from through internet news recently I found that more and more westerners here are taking seriously of things from easterners. I wanted to know how much people here believes that.


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    I know that James Randi (the famous myth debunkers) offered a million bucks to any acupunturist that can prove himself scientifically, I think if it were true someone would've already picked that million...right? I dunno what's qigong though, never heard of that...I tend to be skeptic though if it's alternative medicine.


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    Acupuncture can induce some kinds of small physiological effects, but whether or not these effects are beneficial in any way has never been rigorously supported.

    However, what scientists have discovered and what the average person believes in are, unfortunately, not always in alignment with each other. I would believe that a general dissatisfaction with the difficulty and expense of health care in the US could push more people towards trying "alternative" methods.
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    Acupuncture does indeed work - sometimes. However, I believe it does so only through that mysterious thing known as the "placebo effect". It's probably the whole ritual, atmosphere, belief and intimate dealings with the practioner that is "healing" rather than anything to do with the acupuncture per se. When you contrast this with a two minute consultation with the family doctor who looks you up and down then gives you an antibiotic you can begin to see the psychological appeal of alternative therapies.

    That fake-acupuncture seems to work as well as real acupuncture (that is, it is indistinguishable from placebo) tells an important story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwirko
    Acupuncture does indeed work - sometimes. However, I believe it does so only through that mysterious thing known as the "placebo effect". It's probably the whole ritual, atmosphere, belief and intimate dealings with the practioner that is "healing" rather than anything to do with the acupuncture per se. When you contrast this with a two minute consultation with the family doctor who looks you up and down then gives you an antibiotic you can begin to see the psychological appeal of alternative therapies.

    That fake-acupuncture seems to work as well as real acupuncture (that is, it is indistinguishable from placebo) tells an important story.
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    The only randomised trials done have shown no difference between acupuncture and sham acupuncture. So it's 100% placebo as far as can be observed.
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